& Community Open House
hosted by Charger Robotics
The Mini-Regional is an annual "Week Zero" FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) scrimmage hosted by Charger Robotics the week before the official FIRST Robotics Competition events begin.
This year marks the 22nd annual Mini-Regional event, with approximately 30 Wisconsin FRC teams in attendance.
The Mini-Regional and Community Open House is free and open to the public.
Hamilton High School
W220N6151 Town Line Rd
Sussex, WI 53089
FREE & open to the public!
Individual attendees do not need to purchase tickets to gain entry and see the exciting activities and events Charger Robotics and other area teams will be demonstrating.
Spectators, the general public, and individuals not assisting with loading in their team's robot and pit materials should find parking and enter either the East "Main" Entrance or the South "Cafeteria" Entrance.
Event Map & Activities
There are a variety of activities to keep guests entertained in addition to the FIRST Robotics Competition Week Zero Scrimmage in the main Gymnasium. Participate in robot scouting discussions, create some STEM Crafts for kids, drive some FIRST Tech Challenge Robots, listen to teams practice and discuss their Chairman's presentations, and participate in a state-wide raffle; it's all part of the fun!
Schedule of Events
Sunday, February 20, 2022
7:00 AM: Charger Robotics Crew arrives
8:00 AM: Teams arrive and set up their pits
9:30 AM: Building opens to the public
Scouting discussion begins ("H" Informational Media Center)
10:00 AM: FRC field opens for practice ("G" Main Gym)
11:00 AM: Scouting discussion ends ("H" Informational Media Center)
FLL & FTC Demonstrations begin
11:30 AM: Lunch break
12:00 PM: FRC matches begin ("G" Main Gym)
Dean's List practice begins ("H" Informational Media Center)
1:30 PM: Dean's List practice ends ("H" Informational Media Center)
2:00 PM: Chairman's Exchange begins ("H" Informational Media Center)
4:00 PM: FRC matches end ("G" Main Gym)
Chairman's Exchange ends ("H" Informational Media Center)
Drawing for 2020 Mini-Regional Raffle ("G" Main Gym)
5:00 PM: Pits close, field tear-down
7:00 PM: Facility closed, doors locked
The schedule is subject to change. All times are estimated based on the flow of events. See Pit Administration for updated times.
Since 2001, Charger Robotics has hosted an annual fundraiser open to all FIRST teams and organizations across Wisconsin. Teams put this money toward the cost of robot parts, transportation to competition events, staging demonstrations, and other operational expenses.
Raffle tickets can be purchased from any member of Charger Robotics, or any FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge, or FIRST Robotics Competition team participating in the raffle. The drawing is held at the Charger Robotics Mini Regional, located at Sussex Hamilton High School.
FRC Teams Attending
Approximately 20 FRC teams participate in the Charger Robotics Mini-Regional each year, though participation fluctuates. 29 teams are planning to attend the 2022 Mini-Regional.
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Team Load-in & Load-out
Please remember your Gracious Professionalism and be courteous to others who are trying to load-in or load-out.
Teams are encouraged to arrive between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. This will minimize the number of teams attempting to navigate HHS hallways with heavy materials, toolboxes, and robots around the general public.
Teams are asked to Stage & Load-In from the East side of the building (Main Entrance). Charger Robotics members will be available to direct teams to their pit locations and assist with unloading pit materials and robots in the loading area if needed. Teams are asked to quickly move their busses, trailers, and team vehicles following load-out to minimize wait times.
We ask everyone to be patient and work with us as we try to move everyone through the process as efficiently as possible.
Pits & Work Areas
Up to 26 teams will have their pits in the Auxiliary gymnasium.
The adjacent hallway will provide overflow space for additional teams, though these pit dimensions will be non-standard to ensure safe passage down the hallway.
"P1" pit Sizes
10 feet x 10 feet. Max height = 10 feet.
"P2" pit Sizes
7 feet deep x 14 feet wide. Max height = 7 feet.
All pit spaces will have access to power outlets and will be within the range of Pit Admin announcements.
Teams will also be provided a table upon request. These tables may vary in size and construction due to the number of teams attending. Charger Robotics requests that teams respect the table surfaces to minimize the likelihood of damage.
Charger Robotics will have a limited amount of Safety Glasses available for guests and VIP's. Teams are asked to please bring your own safety glasses for your own team members.
Charger Robotics is offering machine shop services to teams in need of manufactured items during the event.
Simply go to Pit Administration and a Charger Robotics crew member will escort you to the Machine Shop (marked with an "M" on the event map).
Local Hardware Stores
As this is the first event most FRC teams are participating in this season, design limitations or forgotten components are often discovered for the first time. It is not unusual for teams to be in need of parts and supplies.
Due to the number of teams participating this year, there will not be any space available for additional practice elements at the event.
There are no locations in which team banners can be hung or displayed in the facility.
We ask that teams respect the facility and refrain from hanging or otherwise affixing signs, banners, and other promotional material to facility surfaces and structures.
Scouting & Data Analysis Discussion
FRC team #2506 Saber Robotics will be hosting a Scouting and Data Analysis Discussion at the 2020 Mini-Regional.
The purpose of the Scouting Discussion is to give teams the opportunity to share ideas, understand the value of different intelligence gathering, data acquisition, and data analysis methods, and to participate in Q&A sessions with other teams.
The Scouting and Data Analysis Discussion will be in the Informational Media Center (IMC) between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
Dean's List Practice
Charger Robotics will be hosting a Dean's List Practice & Discussion at the 2022 Mini-Regional.
In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen family sponsors awards for selected 10th or 11th grade students known as the FIRST Robotics Competition® and the FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Award.
The purpose of the Dean's List Practice is to give individual students who were nominated by their teams for the Dean’s List Award the opportunity to share ideas, practice their interview skills, and participate in Q&A sessions with other teams.
The Dean's List Practice will be in the Informational Media Center (IMC) between 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM.
Chairman's Exchange (ChEx)
Charger Robotics will be hosting a Chairman's Exchange (ChEx) at the 2022 Mini-Regional.
The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.
The purpose of the Chairman's Exchange is to give teams who are applying for the Chairman’s Award the opportunity to share ideas, practice their presentations, and participate in Q&A sessions with other teams.
The Chairman's Exchange will be in the Informational Media Center (IMC) between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
Charger Robotics will have a Quiet Area available at the 2022 Mini-Regional.
FIRST Robotics Competition events have been experimenting with ‘Quiet Rooms’ in recent years. These are rooms in less-trafficked areas of venues set aside as quiet spaces for participants to de-stress and take a break from the event.
Quiet Rooms are not intended to take the place of professional counseling or emergency services! Any event attendee experiencing a crisis or emergency should contact emergency services on-site or phone the appropriate service.
The "Little Theater" in the hallway to the east of the Main Gymnasium will be the designated Quiet Area between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM.